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Pleasanton Weekly

News - April 1, 2011

News digest

The Hidden Gardens of the Valley Tour given by the Valley Humane Society is celebrating its sixth year as one of the most successful fundraisers for homeless pets. Organizers are looking for private gardens within Pleasanton city limits to include on the tour this year, which will be held May 15.

If you have a beautiful garden that you want to show off (or you know someone who does), contact Garden Tour Chairwoman Charli Hyden at 918-0799. Those whose homes are on the tour will receive private access to all of the gardens just for participating, plus discounts at local garden centers.

The traditional Easter Sunrise Service at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area, which will take place on April 24, this year is reenacting a special drama from Gen. Alfred Pleasonton's era in the 1800s. To establish authenticity, the general (portrayed by the Rev. Jim Meek of Trinity Baptist Church) would like to be mounted on a '"gentle" horse that would not be spooked by the group singing.

If anyone can provide such a horse for the short drama, call Harry Briley at 455-6089 or email briley1@llnl.gov.

This year's service will start at 6 a.m. with free parking, coffee and donuts, sponsored by the Pleasanton Centerpointe Presbyterian Church.

Safeway Inc. has been recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for its financial support and encouragement to important causes.

Each year Safeway raises and donates more than $200 million in monetary and product support to various causes, including cancer research, education, hunger relief and organizations helping people with disabilities. Safeway is one of the largest corporate funders of cancer research, supporting leading-edge breast cancer research at some of North America's top cancer centers.

The company also supports disaster relief efforts and, on the day that it received the AFP award, announced that Safeway Foundation was giving $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support the Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster relief effort. Safeway employees launched their own donation effort with the Safeway Foundation matching those donations up to an additional $50,000. The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will present its Spring Concert, Voices of Spring, at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. The concert is free but donations are appreciated. The band will also perform at the Pleasanton Farmers Market on April 30, at Main and West Angela streets.

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